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New in Newark: State-Of-The-Art Emergency Care

In April, the Wayne County community gathered for the eighth annual Springfest event held on the grounds of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. But this year, the festivities included an unusual “guest of honor”: The grand opening of the Daniel Alexander, MD, Emergency Department, the centerpiece of an ongoing NWCH modernization initiative that is bringing advanced medical services to patients of the Finger Lakes region.

The hospital’s previous ED was designed to accommodate 11,000 patient visits annually, but increasing community demand for NW_ED1NWCH emergency services – more than 23,000 emergency cases were seen at Newark-Wayne in 2012 – revealed the critical need for an expanded and updated facility.

With expanded bed capacity and modernized equipment, the new ED will enable reduced wait times for emergency patients while creating a fast-track service for less urgent cases. The updated surroundings, meanwhile, will provide patients and families with a more relaxed environment in which to find support and coping at a particularly stressful time.

The new ED is named for Dr. Alexander, an orthopaedic surgeon at NWCH and founder and owner of Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center, in appreciation for a NW_ED2generous donation – the largest gift in Newark-Wayne’s history – made through the Dr. Daniel Alexander Family Foundation.

NWCH, the only hospital in Wayne County, delivers emergency care and other services that are enhanced by the hospital’s affiliation with Rochester General Health System. At Newark-Wayne, patients receive access to specialized medical services not easily accessible through other hospitals in the region, thanks to the clinical integration of medical programs between Rochester General Hospital and NWCH, and telehealth technology that uses innovative video and telemetry systems to easily unite patients and physicians without unnecessary travel.